Pathways to Prosperity

Pathways to Prosperity is a powerful piece that describes the challenges and failures of our current education system in preparing our youth for the 21st century.  When compared to other industrialized countries, our nation’s college completion rate tends to fall short.  This is largely thought, in part, to be due to a lack of focus on vocational education.  Countries such as Germany and Switzerland have some of the most advanced apprenticeship programs and while these models should not and cannot be directly imported into the American education system, they do provide important learnings for education reform.  In outlining an American route to success for education, Pathways to Prosperity suggests three “essential elements” which include creating a broader vision of school reform, expanding the role of employers in education, and creating a new social compact for youth.  Regarding these three elements, Strive is mentioned as an excellent example of an organization engaging community-wide structures to build comprehensive strategies to serve youth.  To read the full report, click here.

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